Diocese of Shimoga
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The diocese stretches over 21,405 square kilometers and covers three districts.

Population

The total population was 7,346,000 at the end of 2005. (The population of the whole country is approximately 1 billion).

Language

The languages used in the diocesan territory are Kannada, Tamil, Konkani and Malayalam.

Economy

The per capita income is 100 rupees a day (US$2.16 as of July 2006).

Industries

Trade and agriculture. Textiles, areca and paddy are major products.

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